1960 Della Reese – Not One Minute More
Earl Grant was born in Oklahoma and sang and played piano and organ in clubs while stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas. He signed a recording contract with Decca Records in 1957. His first single, At The End Of The Rainbow, reached the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1958.
Earl released Not One Minute More in 1959, a song originally written for Elvis. Earl’s single failed to even reach the Hot 100.
Della Reese began recording for Jubilee Records in 1953. Her most successful single was Don’t You Know. The record topped the R&B chart and reached #2 on the Hot 100 in late 1959.
Della’s next single was a cover of Earl Grant’s failed record, Not One Minute More. Della’s version of the song first charted in December 1959 and peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 in early 1960. The record became Della’s third million-selling single.
Della continued releasing singles that reached the Hot 100 through 1966, but Not One Minute More remained her last top forty single on the chart. She recorded her last album in 2006, and her last television appearance came in 2014.
Della died in 2017.
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